Mandarin for Buying Chinese Writing Brushes at a Stationary Shop
Mrs. Chen (Pointing) Gěi wǒ kàn neìzhī máobǐ.
(Give me see that MW sumi brush.)
Clerk Hǎo. Zheìzhī yǐjing yǒu shuǐ zài lǐmìan.
(Okay. This MW already has ink inside.)
Bú yǒng lìngwài mǎi muòshuǐ.
(No need to additionally buy grinding ink.)
Mrs. Chen Kěshì, huìbúhuì hěn kuàide jiù gān?
(But will IT quickly dry up?)
Mrs. Chen Duōshāo qián yīzhī?
(How much money for one MW.)
Clerk Yīzhī sānkuài qián. Nǐ yào mǎi jǐzhī?
(One MW* three dollars money. You want to buy how many?)
Mrs. Chen Hěn piányi. Gěi wǒ sānzhī.
(Very cheap. Give me three MW).
Clerk Yīzhī, liǎngzhī, sānzhī. Jiǔkuài qián.
(One MW, two MW, three MW. Nine dollars money.)
Mrs. Chen Hǎo, Shíkuài qián. (Hands him a ten dollar bill.)
(Okay. Ten dollars.)
Clerk Sānzhī bǐ. Yíkuài qián. Fāpiào. Yáo dàizi ma?
(Three writing utensils. One dollar money. Invoice. Want a bag?
Mrs. Chen Bú yòng. Xièxie.
(No need. Thanks.)
Clerk Xièxie xièxie.
MW = measure word, like head of lettuce, piece of toast, etc.
1. What is ‘zhī’?
2. What is the difference ‘neì’ and ‘Zheì’?
3. What is the difference is ‘jǐ’ and ‘Duōshāo’?
4. What does ‘bú yòng’ mean?
5. How do you say ‘cheap’ in Chinese?
6. How do you say ‘invoice’ in Chinese?
7. How do you say ‘one, two, three’ in Chinese?
Answers: 1. measure word for pen. 2. That, this. 3. how many, how much. 4. no need, not necessary. 5. piányi. 6. fāpiào. 7. yī, liǎng/er, sān.
Ask a Chinese person to explain how to use ‘liang’ and ‘er’ in Chinese.
For a similar but easier lesson, go here.
Here is a related video with some other measure words.